Edited By Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Anastasiya Shtaltovna and Conrad Schetter
Introduction: Independence, Transformation and the Search for a Future in Agriculture
Agricultural Knowledge and Knowledge Systems
Since independence in the early 1990s, the newly formed states of post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus have taken different paths to reform their agricultural sectors – by placing emphasis on the cotton sector for export and wheat production to improve food security like Uzbekistan, by reviving former areas of specialization like wine production in Georgia or walnut production in Kyrgyzstan, or by reorganizing pastoral land use and livestock production in northern Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
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